The news is that, for most people, New Year good intentions never last!
We need to stop kidding ourselves that it will work.
We are continually being conditioned and manipulated into believing that New Year resolutions work, and that they are going to change our lives.
“In fact, around 12 per cent of gym members sign up in January, and according to the Fitness Industry Association, 4 per cent of new gym-goers don’t even make it past the end of January and 14 per cent drop out in February and most people have quit or stop going after 24 weeks.”
So how do you achieve lasting change?
For me, every day is the beginning of something new.
Big change is the process of making small changes.
The change does not need to be big. You don’t have to make a big shift, just take the smallest step possible.
What is the smallest change can you make today?
My motto is:
“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop” – Confucius
My favourite quote is one from Desmond Tutu. He said that
“THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO EAT AN ELEPHANT: A BITE AT A TIME.”
Everything in life that seems daunting, overwhelming, and even impossible can be achieved gradually by taking on JUST A LITTLE STEP AT A TIME.
Why do so many people fall short of turning their dreams into reality? They try to eat the whole elephant in a single bite. (I just love this comparison, it’s so visual. It definitely works for me.)
Let’s talk about efficiency here. I don’t like wasting my time, and try to make the most of it. So the question to you would be:
What is the smallest possible step towards your future goal you can take right now? The step that will require the least amount of your effort?
Let’s think about this ….
If you want to get fit, start with walking. Take a short walk (daily, weekly) it’s really up to you.
What is the minimum you can do today? 5 min? 10 min walk?
You need to decide.
What does it feel ok for you to do today with the minimum effort used?
Just something very small.
Do you want to learn to meditate?
How about initially, try 2 min of breathing exercise, being aware of your breathing, for 2 min every day.
Do you think you can do it?
Does it sound too easy? Don’t deceive yourself, easy is good, easy is progress, easy is a continuance.
Or maybe you could do some more gardening- maybe just a few minutes a day.
Being outside in the fresh air is so invigorating. We have really lost touch in being with nature.
And most of all, whatever you do, try to enjoy yourself.
Do it with joy, excitement, in a child-like way. It does not have to be hard to be effective, but please start with a joyful, radiant attitude and make it as easy as possible.
Don’t try to make your life difficult, there is no need. Make it effortless.
Apply this to every goal. Start with easy steps, repeat them and progress ….
Slow, easy, small steps towards your goal. One bite at a time. Then make a change if needed.
Trust your guts, how much is too much?
How much is just boring? Make it interesting.
Add or get rid of something. It’s a process.
You can be as creative as you want.
As Tao Tzu said –
“THE JOURNEY OF THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH ONE STEP.”